We all have something to live for, mine is to create, I create to be able to live. And getting to the creation of “Kaleidoscopic Colonial Lima” has meant the unification of my knowledge of Communication Sciences, Anthropology, Semiotics, Photography, Art and my research in digital printing techniques, pattern making and sewing, accompanied by perseverance, challenging myself constantly and understanding that even if we dream of being the best at something , we discover that we are only adding a little light to all the existing creations in the world.
One of my photographer friends once asked me how I had developed my photography, my eyes…
My simple answer is: I do not really know… All I know (I said to him) is that since I can recall, I just see the world in frames. I am framing what I see, almost ALL the time. And I frame almost everything… textures, shades, colours and mostly things / People / whatever that I find beautiful, which results also in me trying to surround myself of beautiful things.
I do not consider myself an expert (almost the opposite, really), nor a “professional artist” or nothing like that, I just find my practice of seeing things and portraying them, fascinating. And I love every second I spend portraying things that I find interesting or attractive, it feeds my soul, my heart, my eyes, my life. To me, every second I spend doing this exercise is worth a lifetime, and that is enough reward.
A German friend used to say that one can find God more “concentrated” in nature and that is why nature has the ability to soothe the soul, to pacify, to calm, to bring it back to its essence. I’ve always felt she’s right … Forests, meadows, mountains, even parks have that effect on me. When I feel overwhelmed by the speed of the city, my mind immediately travels to nature and finds peace, freedom, softness … and I have mentioned here.
I was going through my India archives and I found this photo. This photo was taken behind the Taj Mahal itself. What I particularly like about this picture is how it shows three people of the same nationality (not me, of course) and yet with their own style and expression. This brings me to the words style and fashion. Many people when faced with the word fashion get all this discourse about superficiality and consumerism, I would rather use the word style. To me “Style is not a display of wealth but an expression of imagination” (1).
I love it how a picture can be different pictures depending on the variations of its tones, shades, and colours.
I took this pic on the road, while driving. I love how my eyes have been trained all these years to see the world in frames, frames that are captured on the go many times. Instants that will last forever in my mind.